Gallerie Enfants Terribles: Simon Væth

With each new issue of our magazine we feature handpicked artists in our magazine as well as in our banner space gallery here on our website. Our second featured artist for the Best Friends Forever Issue is the excellent work of Danish illustrator Simon Væth.


Simon Væth. 31. Freelance illustrator in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Tell us your story? How did you end up doing what you do? 
Well like most other people I drew a lot as I child, but I was only doing it for the fun of it, I didn't think it could become a living. My big dream as a child was to become an archaeologist or biologist, but I'm slightly dyslexic, so the academic and heavier read and write educations might easily have become a challenge for me. Since I enjoyed and showed good skills at drawing and painting, it seemed natural for me to follow a more practical and creative road. Though, it wasn't until my 2nd year at The Design School Kolding that I realised that illustration was what I did best and had most fun with (I had started at the Design school in the belief that graphic design was the big thing for me!) ­ and it was a good choice. I've been working as a freelance illustrator for 6 years now, and I am really enjoying it!

Who are you and what do you do?
My main title is probably freelance illustrator, but I also work with comics, printmaking and as a workshop teacher.

What's the best part?
The freedom, control, and independence. The unpredictability of projects means that I never know what will come next ­ and the possibilities are many! I get to draw and play with ideas every day!

The worst part?
The unpredictable and uncertain source of income. I can have two good months followed by three bad. I don't have retirement savings, and economic stability in general, will probably never be a consistent part of my life. It's hard to plan more than a year ahead. You never know where things are heading. And the I'm­not­a­good­illustrator­what­am­I­doing­with­my­life­and­self­loathing is sometimes inevitable company. That can be quite a downer.

What makes you very happy?
All adventures, small and big.

What are your future ambitions professionally?
I would like to continue my freelance illustration work, but I would also like to mix in some more personal projects. Which means that I have to become better at all the fundraising­hullabaloo!


3 words that capture the very essence of your artwork? Unpredictable, playful, naive.

3 most important things to you when creating? Inspiration, time, and some slight pressure ( deadlines ).

3 best sources of inspiration? The internet! ( Try it out! I can recommend it ) Go for a walk. Whatever I can find ­ anywhere.

Why is art important to you? It's fun, strange, and adds the little vital “extra” to life.


What makes a good friend according to you? Humour and laughs in all forms.

Do you have a best friend? I have many different and wonderful friends but I wouldn't categorise any of them as a “best friend”. I have however a very old friend whom I met when I was 10 years old. We met at the local scout group. I was walking around fighting wild weeds with a stick, and he came over and asked me if my stick was a sword, which it was. We spend the rest of the day talking about knights, castles, and old stuff, which hasn't changed much since then.

How does one know who's a best friend?
I don't know, but I could imagine when somebody becomes like a sister or a brother to you, then you're getting there.

Favorite things to do with best friend?
Long walks, adventures, and parties.